QDN e-News 7 June 2023

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National Reconciliation Week – A yarn with Uncle Willie Prince

The theme for National Reconciliation Week 2023, Be a Voice for Generations, encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. For the work of generations past, and the benefit of generations future, let’s choose to create a more just, equitable and reconciled country for all. To commemorate National Reconciliation Week, we spoke with QDN Life Member Uncle Willie Prince.

Read the story here: https://qdn.org.au/national-reconciliation-week-a-yarn-with-uncle-willie-prince/

Learn more about National Reconciliation Week here: https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/

Invitation to attend online Australia’s Disability Strategy - Queensland Forum

In collaboration with the Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services, (DCSSDS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS), Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) is hosting a statewide forum for people with disability, families, local, state, and commonwealth governments, business, industry and community leaders to showcase work currently happening in making an inclusive Queensland.

This is an opportunity to come together to listen to what is happening and plans for the future.

You are invited to attend the forum online via livestream, which will be available for the plenary sessions and performances by artists with disabilities.

When: Monday 19 June 2023

Time: 9:30am - 4:15pm

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/634539924997

Disability Inclusive Procurement – Brisbane 2032 Legacy

Thank you to our members and allies who have so far supported our Disability Inclusive Procurement campaign, which is advocating to have disability inclusive procurement included in the 2032 Legacy Plan. QDN’s vision for the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games and its legacy are a successful, inclusive and accessible games for people with disability, co-designed planning, designing and delivery, a Queensland community that values people with disability as equal citizens, and a legacy of world class accessibility and inclusion.

The Queensland Government has released Elevate 2042, the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Consultation Paper - we are very pleased to see the consultation paper mentions inclusive supply chains and workplaces!

Read the consultation paper here: https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au/81542/widgets/406514/documents/260202

Have your say on the consultation paper here: https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au/brisbane2032-legacy-plan-qld-gov-au

The legacy plan has lots of areas important to people with disability, and it is important our members get behind this to ensure we see change. We are encouraging QDN members to send a letter to their local MP to let them know why it is crucial disability inclusive procurement be included in the 2032 Legacy Plan.

QDN will share more information about this shortly.

Download the letter template here: https://qdn.org.au/disability-inclusive-procurement/

Department of Transport and Main Roads accessibility and inclusion survey

The Department of Transport and Main Roads is running their Accessibility and Inclusion Surveys to track their progress on their accessibility and inclusion journey. Your feedback is crucial to continuing their progress and making further improvements to the transport network including products, services, information and infrastructure.

The survey is confidential and anonymous and takes approximately 10-15 minutes. The surveys will be available until midnight on 9 June 2023.

Complete the customer survey via this link: https://www.transporttalk.tmr.qld.gov.au/jfe/form/SV_eLfUM7BLthpxDv0

Co-designing a First Nations Disability Peak model: In-person and online conversations for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability

The Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services is working with PWC's Indigenous Consulting (PIC) to co-design a First Nations Disability Peak model that will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and carers.

To ensure that the co-design of the First Nations Disability Peak model is inclusive, there will be opportunities for people with disability to attend in-person and online conversations being held around the state over the next few weeks.

There are both in person and online options to come have a yarn with the co-design team.

In-person conversations:

  • Mount Isa, Monday 5 June 2023
  • Cairns, Tuesday 6 June 2023
  • Thursday Island, Wednesday 7 June 2023
  • Napranum and Weipa, Thursday 8 June 2023
  • Townsville, Monday 12 June 2023
  • Rockhampton, Tuesday 13 June 2023
  • Mackay, Wednesday 14 June 2023
  • Cherbourg, Thursday 15 June 2023
  • Toowoomba, Friday 16 June 2023
  • Brisbane, Monday 16 June 2023.

Online conversations (available to everyone across Queensland):

  • Thursday 22 June 2023, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday 22 June 2023, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Friday 23 June 2023, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

For information on the conversations, including how to register and locations for in-person conversations, please contact Emily Dixon at emily.dixon@au.pwc.com or on 0424 709 049.

For more information about existing peak bodies for people with disability in Queensland, please visit the Peak body supports.

Research project exploring the experiences of people with intellectual disability when going to the doctor

Do you have an intellectual disability? Researchers from the University of Queensland want to hear about what it’s like when you go to the doctor, to make going to the GP easier.

What will you have to do?

  • Answer questions about going to the GP
  • You can talk to us or answer questions over email
  • It will only take up an hour of your time

Who can be part of the project?

  • People 18 years and older
  • People with intellectual disability and their supporters

To say thanks, they will give you a $50 gift card.

To be part of the My GP & Me project call 3163 1986 or email k.brooker1@uq.edu.au

More information here: https://qcidd.centre.uq.edu.au/research/my-gp-me

Research Participants Wanted - Understanding the barriers and enablers to reducing sedentary behaviour in desk-based workers with disability

Are you a desk worker with disability? Researchers from the University of Queensland want to speak to desk workers with disability (any type of disability) to complete a survey.

It takes about 10 minutes to complete the online survey and you can go into a draw to win a $50 voucher.

Click here to view the eligibility requirements and survey.

Opportunity to share your experiences of navigating NDIS reviews and appeals

Researchers at Griffith University in Brisbane are looking at the decisions and decision-making processes that determine reasonable and necessary NDIS funded supports. The project is called Adjudicating NDIS Rights.

If you’re 18 years or over with a NDIS funded support package and live in Greater Brisbane or North Queensland, we want to hear your experiences of requesting and undergoing a review or appeal of your funded supports.

The research team would like to learn about what’s working well for you and where challenges are by engaging with you in an interview (in-person, via phone or online). This project has ethical approval by Griffith University (2020/137). All information provided by you to help inform this project will be confidential.

To find out more please contact:

Eloise Hummell

Email: e.hummell@griffith.edu.au

Phone: 0404 458 894

Research project exploring the experiences of people with intellectual disability when having surgery

Have you had inpatient surgery under general anaesthetic within the last 6 months? Researchers from Western Sydney University would like to hear from people with intellectual disability about their experiences of meeting the surgeon, going to hospital and after coming home.

Anyone interested in the study can talk to the researcher and find out more. Please contact: Jennifer Bur on email 19900911@student.westernsydney.edu.au.

The information from this research may assist the researcher and broader community to understand people with intellectual disability experiences when having inpatient surgery under general anaesthetic.

Nepean Disability Expo 2023 ImpactInstitute x QDN Interview

QDN Peer Leader Mark McGrath was interviewed by ImpactInstitute at the Nepean Disability Expo in March this year.

You can watch the interview here: https://vimeo.com/822835010/d2a3b9d5b3?share=copy

Free accessibility design forum

The State Library of Queensland is hosting a forum event on accessibility design featuring a diverse panel of experts and a facilitators who have lived experiences of accessibility challenges and solutions, including QDN members Uncle Willie Prince and Brendon Donohue.

You'll be able to ask the panellists straight-forward questions about their experiences, providing a chance to explore the barriers and opportunities that exist in creating inclusive environments. Then, pitch your big ideas on how to integrate accessibility into design from the start of the process to the panellists.

When: Tuesday 13 June, 2-4pm

Where: The Edge Auditorium, Brisbane State Library, 31 Cultural Centre Tunnel, South Brisbane

Afternoon tea and networking included.

Register here: www.slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on/accessibility-design-forum-you-can-ask

Inclusion Access Hidden Abilities Talent Gala

The Inclusion Access Hidden Abilities Talent Gala is a performance with a difference, featuring International Inspiration Tom Nash and Singing Sensation Tim McCallum (from The Voice). Also featuring Australian singer Dan Acfield, Comedian Richie Goodacre, Toowoomba talents D Dance, the Wilsonton State School Signing Choir, Rainbow Choir and Cameron Fettucheeni.

There will be a silent auction before the show and during interval, with  a bar and kiosk available. Cost is $50 per person with wheelchair and companion ticketing available by request to the organiser. Companion animals welcome.

Donations on the day will go towards Inclusion Access projects.

DATE: Saturday 17 June 2023 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM (UTC+10)

LOCATION: The City Hall Annex - Toowoomba, 541 Ruthven St, Behind City Hall, Toowoomba City

Book tickets here: www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1022977 

Read the latest blogs from our QBloggers

Did you know QDN has its own blogging community? Being a QBlogger is a chance to grow and learn from one another's experiences and expertise and help generate ideas for future policy and advocacy work.

You can create a blog by filming a video, recording a podcast, or writing a post, with the QDN communications team available to support you if you need.

Read the latest posts here: https://qdn.org.au/membership/qbloggers/

Stay up to date with NDIS news

The NDIS eNewsletter is a fortnightly general email that brings you the latest NDIS news, events and participant stories. Sign up to this mailing list and keep up to date.

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Planes Trains and Automobiles: Mapping Disability Transport Experiences

Access to safe, reliable and efficient transport is an important aspect of living a quality life. Griffith University’s Inclusive Futures is inviting you to register for our survey and share your transport experiences, regardless of whether they are positive, negative, or neutral.

All you have to do is register for the campaign and then complete a short survey every time you use one of these transport services.

More information here: https://inclusivefutures.griffith.edu.au/https-inclusivefutures-griffith-edu-au-my-transport-experience

NDIS Review feedback and new documents released

QDN has been working with the NDIS Review team to get feedback from our members from Peer Support Groups from across Queensland. These forums were a great opportunity for members to directly provide feedback as part of the NDIS review. We are writing multiple submissions to the NDIS Review that will be available on the QDN website.

You can also provide your own submission via the NDIS Review website here https://www.ndisreview.gov.au/

The NDIS Review team has released two new documents about improving access to supports in remote and First Nations communities and the role of pricing and payment approaches in improving participant outcomes and scheme sustainability.

Have your say in the review of the Disability Transport Standards

Public consultation for the 2022 Review of the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 (Transport Standards) is open to 30 June 2023. The 2022 Review is part of a statutory requirement to review the efficiency and effectiveness of the Transport Standards every 5 years. Your feedback will help assess whether the Transport Standards are reducing discrimination against people with disability and determine any necessary changes.

Download the Discussion Paper here: https://qdn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Discussion-paper-2022-Review-of-the-Transport-Standards.docx

These papers outline the scope of the Review, what the government wants feedback on, and how you can have your say on how the Transport Standards are working to support you. You should read these discussion papers to assist your response to the Review. You don’t have to answer all of the questions, they are a guide to help us understand your views and experiences on different areas of the Transport Standards. You are also encouraged to share any other experiences that are important to you.

The government can take your submission over the phone at 1800 621 372 or you can email it to disabilitytransport@infrastructure.gov.au.

You can also submit feedback through the ‘Have your say’ form here: https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/have-your-say/2022-review-disability-standards-accessible-public-transport-2002.

Further information about the review is available on the department’s website: www.infrastructure.gov.au/transport-standards-review

Disability Royal Commission final substantive hearing

The Disability Royal Commission has held its 23rd and final substantive hearing from the 8th-10th May 2023. It explored themes of violence, abuse and neglect of over the life course of people with disability and system failures in responding to those instances as well as how to prevent and better address cases of violence, abuse and neglect in the future.

More information about the hearing can be found here

Royal Commission Report Highlights gaps for people with disability exiting Prison

The Royal Commission have released a report written by researchers from Western Sydney University’s Translational Health Research Insititute titled People with disability transitioning from prison and their pathway into homelessness.

The report acknowledges further challenges people with disability who are leaving corrective services have including additional stigma, communication difficulties and a lack of awareness surrounding behavioural issues.

The researchers recommend areas for reform such as

  • Nationally consistent policies and guidelines should be developed to support people with disability leaving correctional facilities.
  • Consistent identification of people with disability is needed within corrective services, including assistance for young people to help report their support needs so that necessary community services can be made available prior to exiting detention.
  • Investment in social housing that meets universal design principles should be significantly increased across all jurisdictions.

More information here

Report available here

Home and Living innovation ideas welcome

The NDIA wants to develop new ways of delivering home and living supports to create better experiences and deliver more effective outcomes.

The NDIA are inviting participants, carers, family members and providers and the wider community to share their ideas.

More information here

Online Forum for NCDA 2023 consultation report

A Consultation Report on the National Centre for Disability Advocacy (NCDA) was released last week. Feedback from consultations on the NCDA is included in the report, as well as notes from sector experts. The report explores ways the Centre can improve access to and quality of advocacy through three main functions:

  • Capacity Building,
  • Identifying and addressing unmet demand and need, and
  • Identifying and elevating systemic advocacy issues.

More information here

Read the report here

NDIS Review consults children, young people and their families

The NDIS Review has partnered with Children and Young People with Disability (CYDA, NSW), Reframing Austism, Family Advocacy (NSW), Enabled Youth Disability Network (South Australia), Association for Children with Disability (Victoria) and Community Resource Unit (Queensland) and is offering opportunities for children, young people, their families and carers to contribute to ideas around how the NDIS can be improved.

More information is available here

Budget Announcements for the NDIS

The Australian Government has announced they are getting the NDIS back on track through the improvement of outcomes for NDIS participants and ensuring that the scheme is sustainable. The budget has committed $910 million over four years with the goal of improving the NDIS and safeguards. $732.9 million is going towards improving the effectiveness and sustainability of the NDIS. The money will contribute to capability, capacity and systems that better support participants as well as other safeguards for NDIS participants.

More information can be found here

Improving the AAT for people with disability

National disability advocates have shared their experiences of the AAT process and created recommendations for a new system that includes the following principles in the legislation:

  • Person-centred,
  • Inclusive,
  • Accessible,
  • Culturally safe,
  • Inquisitorial,
  • Informal,
  • Independent,
  • Timely,
  • Transparent, and
  • Human rights-focused.

You can read the Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) submission here.

More information is available here here

Funding commitment for early signs of autism

Two new intervention pilots have been announced for babies aged 9-14 months of age. These programs have been developed in consultation with early childhood, disability and health sectors. A total of $22.1 million will fund the two pilots and will support up to 1,500 babies and their families. The early-intervention pilots will continue to be funded through to 2026-27.

More information is available here

Have your say on the Draft National Strategy for the Care and Support Economy

The Australian Government is seeking input for consultation on a draft national strategy for a care and support economy that delivers quality care with decent jobs for aged care, disability support, veteran’s care and early childhood education services.

More information here

Have your say here

Job opportunities

Manager – Policy & Programs

  • Full time (38 hours per week)
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010– Social and Community Services Employee, Level 7.1
  • Brisbane - Spring Hill-based office, travel as required

Are you passionate about making a positive impact to the lives of people with disability? Do you have a strong background in policy development and program management? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as a Manager of Policy and Programs.

As the Manager of Policy and Programs, you will play a crucial role in advancing our mission by leading the development and implementation of policies and programs that drive positive change in the disability sector. Join us and lead the way in delivering meaningful outcomes and shaping strategic policies that align with our mission, vision, and goals.

View the position description here

To apply, please provide details to applications@qdn.org.au:

  • A letter of no more than 3 pages, that addresses your demonstrated suitability to the role by responding to
  • Your current CV

Closing date: Monday 12 June at 5pm


What's on

Digital Inclusion


Acacia Ridge workshops


Deception Bay workshops



Get Ready, Plan Ahead workshop in Boonah

Part A: Tuesday 4 July

Part B: Tuesday 11 July

Where: Carinity Fassifern Community Centre, 4 Little High Street, Boonah

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/get-ready-plan-ahead-boonah-workshop-tickets-628995050127


Peer Support Groups

  • Gold Coast Peer Support Group – Friday 9 June, 10.30am - 12.30pm, Nerang Library (Budgeting with Felicity from Good Shepard)
  • Gladstone Peer Support Group Tuesday 13 June, 12pm – 2pm, Maxine Bush Meeting Place Community BBQ
  • Unique Parents Peer Support Group, Friday 16 June, 11am – 1pm, QDN office and online via Zoom
  • Cairns Yarning Circle, Friday 16 June, 12pm – 2pm, Mara Way Community Hub
  • Ipswich Peer Support Group, Saturday 17 June, 10am – 12pm
  • QDN Online Peer Support Group, Monday 19 June, 5.30pm - 7pm, Online via Zoom
  • Brisbane Peer Support Group,Wednesday 21 June, 10.30 – 12.30pm - QDN office and online via Zoom
  • Deception Bay Peer Support Group, Wednesday 21 June, 10.30am -12.30pm - Deception Bay Darts Club
  • Caboolture Peer Support Group, Saturday 24 June, 11am – 1pm - Caboolture Sports Club
  • Tablelands Peer Support Group, Tuesday 27 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm - Flexichoice Office
  • GRADS (Griffith University) Peer Support Group, Wednesday 28 June, 1.30pm – 3.30pm – Sammy G’s Kitchen, Griffith University Nathan campus
  • Self-Management Peer Support Group, Wednesday 28 June, 4pm – 5.30pm, online via Zoom
  • Rockhampton Peer Support Group, Thursday 29 June, 12pm-2pm - CocoBrew
  • Brisbane Hot Topics, Friday 30 June, 9am – 12pm, QDN office


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